My mother often said I had a hard time seeing the world the way it was instead of the way I wanted it to be. But I might not be a writer if I didn’t.
So, I’ve been writing a story a day for the month of May. This exercise isn’t going to get me published in the world the way it is. It would be nice, however, if it made me a better writer.
But how will I know? Practice can stretch muscles and improve us. Right? You can’t run a marathon if you’ve never tried to run around a block. I’ve been going to a gym for last few months (exercising for the first time since 10th grade) and I can do more reverse push-ups than when I started.
Sometimes, we think we’re practicing, but we’re just repeating. I have students who practice their English a lot. Unfortunately they keep practicing their mistakes.
How do you know you’re becoming a better writer? It isn’t like the ability to press 20 lbs instead of 5. Or the ability to pass a grammar exam.
Is this writing exercise useful? Where’s the proof?